Legislatures restores DNR campground funding

On the High Country Pathway

Michigan state forest recreation relies primarily on three funding sources: camping fees, taxpayer support (general fund), and a portion of the fuel taxes (used primarily for capital improvements.) Without these funds, state forest campgrounds and state forest pathways could not afford to keep these facilities open and functional.

When the state legislature cut the taxpayer support to this program, the DNR was forced to close 20 state forest campgrounds which were bringing in the least revenue.

Fortunately either the public outcry or common sense forced a reversal. The legislature just restored the funding.

Below is the list of campgrounds which will be re-opened. The DNR expects the re-opens to by mid-May though some campgrounds “will require maintenance repairs to the water wells during the month of May.”

ATLANTA MANAGEMENT UNIT

  • Twin Lakes – Cheboygan County
  • Black Lake Trail Camp – Cheboygan County
  • Thunder Bay River – Alpena County

CADILLAC MANAGEMENT UNIT

  • Long Lake – Wexford County

GAYLORD MANAGEMENT UNIT

  • Pinney Bridge – Antrim County
  • Stoney Creek Trail Camp – Cheboygan County

GRAYLING MANAGEMENT UNIT

  • Walsh Road Trail Camp – Crawford County
  • Muskrat Lake – Oscoda County
  • McCollum Lake – Oscoda County

GWINN MANAGEMENT UNIT

  • Pike Lake – Marquette County
  • N. Horseshoe Lake – Marquette County

NEWBERRY MANAGEMENT UNIT

  • Shelldrake Dam – Chippewa County
  • High Bridge – Luce County
  • Headquarters Lake – Luce County
  • Bass Lake – Luce County

PIGEON RIVER COUNTRY

  • Johnson’s Crossing – Otsego County

SHINGLETON MANAGEMENT UNIT

  • Mead Creek – Schoolcraft County
  • N. Gemini Lake – Schoolcraft County
  • S. Gemini Lake – Schoolcraft County

TRAVERSE CITY MANAGEMENT UNIT

  • Forks – Grand Traverse County

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